A child of the sixties, Ron entered UNO (at that time LSUNO) in 1968 immediately following his graduation from Booker T. Washington High School. During his tenure at UNO he became actively involved in a number of student organizations, including serving as president of the campus chapter of the NAACP. Under Wilson's leadership, the chapter organized a food drive for the poor and needy for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In 1971, He became the first African American President of the Student Government Association, a first for any predominantly white campus in Louisiana , and perhaps the first in the Deep South.
Following his graduation in 1972, Wilson entered Tulane Law School and graduated with his law degree in 1975. He established a successful law practice in Louisiana while branching out to other states, and is licensed to practice in New York, Oregon and Colorado.
Ron has maintained a commitment to community service and has litigated extensively in the area of reapportionment of congressional, school board, city and parish council, and judicial seats, which has resulted in a surge in the number of black elected officials.
He has prepared and/or assisted in the preparation of briefs submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, and has litigated numerous cases in the areas of housing discrimination, employment discrimination, school desegregation, voting rights, police misconduct, prison conditions, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process of law and equal protection.
He was one of the attorneys of record in Edwards v. Aguillard, in which the Louisiana Creation Science law was declared unconstitutional, and Chisom v. Roemer (1991), in which the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was held applicable to judicial elections.
He also has been actively involved as a member of the ACLU, and is a board member of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University.
Presently, he is a cooperating attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, handling primarily employment and voting rights cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, litigating Establishment Clause cases.
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